March 06, (THEWILL) – Governor Samuel Ortom has cleared speculations to his rumoured senatorial ambition as he formally sought the blessings of his kinsmen to contest the Benue North-West senatorial seat in next year’s general election.
At a meeting with his Nzorov kinsmen in Guma local government area, comprising traditional rulers and other leaders on Saturday, he told them that he is now convinced to contest the Zone B senate seat on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The district head of Nzorov, Chief Gwatse Akaahena who spoke on behalf of traditional and political leaders gave their nod and affirmed their support for their son, Ortom, to go ahead and run for the senate seat.
The traditional ruler said they were in full support of their son to not only contest and win the senate seat but also conquer higher political offices in the land.
Governor Ortom had in a short address to his kinsmen, informed them that he had finally been convinced that God has confirmed to him to contest for seante election and requested to know if they were in agreement with the vision.
The governor thereafter, spoke with the Nzorov Council Ward Executive Council of the PDP where he also got their blessings to contest for the Zone B Senate in 2023.
The Nzorov Council Ward chairman of the PDP, Hon Ezekiel Adikpe who spoke on behalf of the party from the governor’s council ward, have thrown their full support to his ambition.
The governor is billed to also extend his consultations to the PDP EXCO in Guma as well as party stakeholders in Masev, Ihyarev and Nongov Development Association (MINDA), as part of consultations for his senate ambition.
It was gathered that, thereafter, leaders from the MINDA political axis will meet with Jemgbagh block comprising three local government areas and their leaders to seek for blessings and support for the governor ahead of the senatorial election.
It will be recalled that since the return of democracy in 1999, the seven local government councils of Gwer West, Gwer East, Makurdi and Guma that made up MINDA block and Tarka, Buruku and Gboko for Jemgbagh block, almost produce senators.
First to have a shot was senator JKN Waku of blessed memory from Guma local government area in 1999 after which Dr Joshua Adagba from Gwer East succeeded him but later died in the course of duty.
With the development, Fred Orti from Makurdi local government area was elected as a replacement to complete that tenure while former governor George Akume from Tarka local government took from 2007 and was elected for three tenure in the senate.
In 2019, Akume lost his bid for forth term to Emmanuel Yisa Orker Jev from Buruku local government area as governor Samuel Ortom from Guma has declare his intention to run for the senate seat in 2013, thereby, leaving Gwer West local government area out of the political scheme of things.